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Amy Shapiro: Week 5, And the Leopard Came to Say Good-bye

Well a whirlwind trip has ended—I am back in “the States,” writing this last entry from my windowless office. But the trip lives on in the memories of the fantastic safari we had at Kruger National Park. We flew from … Continue reading

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Amy Shapiro: Week 4, We’ll Keep the Arrow

We had a great week this week—Elandsfontein survey and mapping, student project presentations, a trip to a San cultural center, and finishing our excavation at Langebaanweg! Last week I briefly touched on our Elandsfontein fieldwork: we were split into two … Continue reading

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Amy Shapiro: Week 3, A Day in the Life of a Field School

This week I’d like to describe some normal activities of a field school, and particularly our own. First, the scene: in the Fossil Park, the students stay in two bunk houses each with two bedrooms. The bedrooms have beds with … Continue reading

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Amy Shapiro: Week 2, What Was Old Is New Again

Hello again! We are excavating in a region of the old phosphate mine called E Quarry, which is one of the richest fossil areas in the park. During mining excavations in the ’50s-’70s, they started finding fossils near the bottom … Continue reading

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Amy Shapiro: Week 1, Langebaanweg

Hello from Langebaanweg! I am Amy Shapiro, a teaching assistant for the ASU Paleoanthropology, Paleontology, and Paleoecology Field School in South Africa this summer. A total of ten undergraduate students, from ASU and seven other universities in “the states” along … Continue reading

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